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18,429 Nasarawa Citizens Are Hepatitis Positive

18,429 Nasarawa Citizens Are Hepatitis Positive
18,429 Nasarawa Citizens Are Hepatitis Positive

The state of Nasarawa has reported that around 18,429 of its citizens have tested positive for viral hepatitis B and C.

On Thursday, July 28, Nasarawa state Commissioner for Health, Pharm. Ahmed Yahaya, stated at a press conference

Held in Lafia to mark the 2022 World Hepatitis Day with the theme “Bringing Hepatitis Care Closer to You” that a total of 181,946 residents were screened but 18,429 tested positive for the illness.

Yahaya further disclosed that some of the afflicted individuals are currently receiving treatment in government hospitals spread out throughout the state’s 13 Local Government Areas.

HE SAID

    “The World Health Organization has designated one day each year as World Hepatitis Day to recognize viral hepatitis as a major public health issue.

    Every year on the 28th of July, it is observed to raise awareness of the disease, mobilize additional funding for the fight against it

    And provide support for those who have contracted the viral hepatitis while attempting to stop its spread.

    According to estimates, between 15 to 60 percent of the general population in Africa has either HBV or HCV, with 8.1 percent and 1.1 percent.

    Respectively representing the national burden (NATIS. 2018). The seroprevalence rates for HBV and HCV in the Nasarawa state were roughly 16 and 13.2 percent, respectively.

    Through the implementation of a five-year strategic plan with a target of treating 124,000 people in accordance with the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy.

    Targeted at enhancing human capacity development, Nasarawa state, led by Governor Abdullahi Sule, expressed commitment to the elimination of viral hepatitis in February 2020.

    Through the implementation of a five-year strategic plan with a target of treating 124,000 people in accordance with the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy, targeted at enhancing human capacity development, Nasarawa state, led by Governor Abdullahi Sule, expressed commitment to the elimination of viral hepatitis in February 2020.

    When compared to the national average, the state clearly shows a disproportionately high frequency of hepatitis B and C.

    The State’s Viral Hepatitis Control Program was established by the state Ministry of Health with assistance from the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

    In response to the high prevalence of this dreaded disease in the region, thereby fostering an environment where access to HBV/HCV diagnostic and treatment services is encouraged.

Yahaya finished by stating that in order to stop the spread of the disease, the state administration established testing facilities in all 13 LGAs.

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